Honda Shadow VLX Review from United Kingdom

1995 Honda Shadow VLX

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired3000 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Z400J


Good reliable, economical all-round machine


Head gaskets weep slightly.

General Comments:

This bike, although not quick, is fast enough, certainly more than most cars.

Acceleration slows at about 80mph. Can do 100mph, but the wind blast is something else, probably due to the riding position rather than just being a 'naked' bike.

It's a very well made machine.

It is VERY economical. Worst consumption was 56 imp mpg, best was 84 imp mpg at steady 50-55mph.

Tyres last for ages, once the originals have gone.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2010

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 1 review